Happy New Year! People kick off the new year with heightened resolve to take charge of their health. But within a few weeks, most folks go back to their old ways. Changing old habits is really really hard. Here are a few suggestions to make things a bit easier for you:
1. Break down your Big-Hairy-Audacious-New-Year’s-Resolution into several smaller goals. Instead of focusing on your long term objective of losing 50 pounds, set a short-term goal of dropping 5 pounds by the end of January. Then another 5 pounds by the end of February. And so on. Each time you reach your mini-goal, you will be pumped to achieve the next.
2. Define measurable goals, not abstracts ones. Instead of vowing to “eat healthy this year”, set a goal such as eating 2 servings of fruit per day, or having kale once a week. Instead of “planning to exercise”, set a goal of running for 15 minutes on Saturday morning.
3. Change your environment to reduce temptations. For example, place all the junk foods in the house on the highest cupboard in your pantry or in the darkest recess of your fridge. Keep fresh pre-washed fruit readily available on the kitchen counter or near your family room couch.
What are you planning to do to improve your health this year?